New Discoveries: Joanna Crocombe Kift and Richard German

Ilfracombe,_Devon,_England,_1890s I am working on tying up the loose ends on my Kieft family research in order to put a book together. In doing so, I have found some new information that was not available when I first started looking in to this family. I decided to share the new family connections that I’ve found.

Photo Left: Ilfracombe, Devon, England

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Old Letters Give You Glimpse in to Ancestors’ Day to Day Lives

Left to Right: Charles Rundle, Marion Ratcliffe, Marion's siblings: Charles Ratcliffe, Lillian Ratcliffe, Thomas Ratcliffe
Left to Right: Charles Rundle, Marion Ratcliffe, Marion’s siblings: Charles Ratcliffe, Lillian Ratcliffe, Thomas Ratcliffe

As a genealogist, I’ve read official record after official record. You can, of course, glean a myriad of information from baptism records, marriage records, census records etc. You can make assumptions about what an ancestor’s life was like based on where they lived, what their occupation was, how much schooling they had etc, but nothing gives you an insight in to how they really felt like a letter. Continue reading Old Letters Give You Glimpse in to Ancestors’ Day to Day Lives

Update on Wrynn/Rynn/Rinn Family of Leitrim, Ireland and New Haven, CT

I hadn’t worked on this family for quite awhile, but I recently realized that there were parish registers from the parish they were from in Leitrim on a film that I have on permanent loan at the LDS FHC here. So today I decided to look at the records and see what I could find. I was mainly looking for the burial record for James Wrynn. Based on a probate record, I assumed that James had died c. 1850, however I couldn’t find a burial for him in the parish registers.

I did however make another huge discovery that altered some assumptions I had made concerning the marriage of my 3X Great Grandparents, Thomas Wrynn and Alice McKeon. I had found Thomas, with his brothers, in the 1850 US Census for New Haven, CT. Thomas and Alice’s first child was born in New Haven in June 1852. While I never found a marriage for the couple in New Haven vital records, I had assumed that they had met and married in New Haven sometime between the 1850 census and the birth of their child. Today I found the marriage record for Thomas and Alice in Kiltubrid, Leitrim, Ireland on 15 Dec 1847. This means that Thomas must have come over to the US with his brothers and after he was settled, Alice joined him in New Haven. Continue reading Update on Wrynn/Rynn/Rinn Family of Leitrim, Ireland and New Haven, CT

Emotional Involvement in Genealogy Research

Peter Stanford Headstone
Toppled Headstone for family of Peter and Mary Stanford

When I first started doing genealogy research, it was all names, dates and facts. It was just putting together puzzle pieces, with each individual being a part of the puzzle. As my research continued, I felt as if I got to “know” the families. As I collected more photos, I could actually start putting faces with the names. That is when the research took an emotional turn. Continue reading Emotional Involvement in Genealogy Research

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